Lugari Ward residents will wait a bit longer to know the position of the area’s leadership after a citizen moved to appeal the court’s decision that nullified the victory of Grey Moi as MCA in the August 9th general election.
The appeal seeks to overturn the judgment made on January 10, 2023, in favor of William Libombolo Makhalanya, who ran on the Movement for Democracy party ticket and emerged fourth.
Makhalanya filed a petition in September 2022, which was granted, prompting the court to order a new election within 60 days, as required by law, unless a petition is filed.
Mr. Makhalanya’s lawyer was given 14 days to reply to the petition that was filed on January 16, 2023 and threw the fate of Lugari Ward’s leadership into uncertainty.
The appeal also seeks to recognize Grey Moi as the area MCA until a fresh election is conducted, if any.
The appeal will be determined in the next 30 days after the magistrate at the Kakamega High Court goes through the files.
The verdict on whether there shall be a by-election or not will be made around the end of March.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.